Proposals | The Little Things That Make It Special
You can imagine the look on our faces when we discovered that four out of ten women were disappointed with how their partner popped the question! The moment you get engaged should be truly unforgettable, so we're here to help with advice on how to create the most memorable and special proposal for you and your loved one.
Intimate Settings, Not Grand Gestures
Many think that their partner expects the most grand gesture when they're being proposed to, but before you plan a flash mob in the middle of the city centre for everyone to see, you may be surprised to hear that our survey revealed almost a quarter of women were left red faced from over the top proposals. The reality is that most long for a more intimate setting between just the two of you.
Now really is the time to impress and with one in ten women saying they will never forgive their partner for proposing in front of the television, it's so important to plan a proposal your loved one will remember forever.
Wow With Personal Details
It’s all about the little things that really make a proposal special. Whether it’s cooking their favourite meal or planning a romantic visit to the place you first met – it’s about knowing exactly what your partner would want and the personal little details that will make it memorable for all the right reasons.
Here are some tips on how you can wow with personal details, including real life proposal stories from colleagues at Beaverbrooks.
1. Propose somewhere special
A special location can include lots of places, from your favourite restaurant or a once-in-a-lifetime location. Rachael Gregson, our PR Manager, recalls how her now-husband chose the perfect spot.
"We were in Iceland to see the Northern Lights, which had always been on my bucket list. On the last day we were driving back from the Blue Lagoon and the sky turned green – we managed to see the lights for five minutes and then they were gone. Still buzzing, we went out for dinner that night when my boyfriend took a detour to Reykjavik’s beautiful cathedral. Everywhere was covered in snow and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!
"For me, it was the little things that I’ll never forget. The clock chimed 9'clock and it just started snowing - I'll remember these little details for a lifetime."
2. Get the ring size right
3. Don't involve others - it should just be the two of you
Your proposal will probably be one of the most intimate moments of your life. Keeping it really personal and just the two of you will make it extra-special, and removes the possibility of any pressure or potential embarrassment! Christian Bennett, a Web Designer here at Beaverbrooks, explains how his now-wife appreciated his decision to keep the proposal between the two of them.
"I proposed at a beautiful secluded area of Thailand called Railay Beach on the 4th anniversary of us dating. I was initially going to propose at dinner but didn’t feel the right moment arose. Back at our secluded terrace, we were having a good giggle and some drinks when I pulled the ring from my pocket and asked the question.
"My now wife said it was the thoughtful details that made it so unforgettable for her. I knew she wouldn't want anything too public, so she loved that I kept it personal and intimate for just the two of us to share."
Now you've got no excuse not to wow your other half. Remember to think of all the little details and what she would want. Try to make it intimate and personal to the two of you.
For some truly romantic proposal ideas, take a peek at our Proposal Guide. And for all the help you need for this special moment, including everything you need to know about finding the perfect engagement ring, check out Our Complete Guide To Getting Engaged.
We'd love to hear your proposal stories. Comment below and tell us about the little details that made your proposal so special.